When Bandai Namco announced One Piece Odyssey, an upcoming RPG based on the series, it confirmed Eiichiro Oda would be involved in its creation. Part of the series’ creator’s involvement would involve character designs. In particular, he worked on the design for new character Adio and its enemies. To help provide a better idea of exactly how a design goes from concept art to an in-game model, the company shared a tweet showing an early design and an ensuing screenshot.
First, here’s concept art Oda created of a One Piece Odyssey enemy. It looks a little like a monkey. The sketch shows the foe from multiple angles. It also offers an idea of the opponent’s personality by showing how one would carry itself.
The second image shows Luffy encountering a whole group of enemies based on that Oda design in One Piece Odyssey. After being colored in, their monkey-like attributes are enhanced. It also appears the “arms up” pose in Oda’s original art is designed to be an aggressive one.
The April 2022 batch of official screenshots showed more foes based on the One Piece creator’s art.
One Piece Odyssey will come to the PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X, and PC via Steam in 2022. There’s no precise release window for it yet.